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Old Posted Dec 10, 2011, 4:23 PM
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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire View Post
I'm afraid "White Spot" refers to exactly what many hoped Los Angeles would not become... ie., multiracial. Among the books about this is Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight by Eric Avila, and I think it's referred to in John Buntin's L.A. Noir.
The ironic thing is that basically when Los Angeles was founded, it has always been multiracial. It wasn't until more white Protestant midwesterners and east coast folk started moving to LA that it started really becoming a segregated city. And if any Bay Area snobs (I say that cheekily, being that I love the Bay Area) are thinking that LA had a long "backward" period, San Francisco wasn't always a liberal metropolis; I've read accounts of SF's Chinatown residents who as children growing up in the 1930s and 1940s, knew not to wander into neighboring North Beach or they'd get beaten up. Even Chinese-American San Franciscans as recently as the 1950s and 1960s had trouble buying homes in other neighborhoods because of either deed restrictions, or homeowners just wouldn't want to sell to them.

Which brings me to your post from last month, Gaylord:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire View Post

I remember wanting to comment on this but it got pushed back and it skipped my mind, but I found the ad for the Bel Air development "funny" for its blatant openness of being a "restricted" community. As a teen, I remember reading how Beverly Hills early on allowed movie people to move in, being that early Hollywood and later on, Bel-Air, didn't allow movie people to move in--- possibly because of the "wild lifestyle" they led, but also more likely because many movie moguls and people in the movie industry were Jews.
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